Visegrad Patent Institute joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI), which has its seat in Budapest, became a full member of the Global Patent Prosecution Highway, a network of the 25 most important patent offices in the world. VPI – established by the intellectual property offices of the four Visegrad countries, started its operations one and a half years ago and is dealing with an increasing number of cases – significantly reduces the costs of obtaining international patents and extends the possibility of using Hungarian, Czech, Polish and Slovak as languages.

Based on the cooperation network of the patent offices of the most developed countries, GPPH is an instrument facilitating accelerated proceedings to obtain international protection. VPI joined this network as the 25th member, thus later in the international patent procedure, the concerned applications can be examined significantly faster by the proceeding patent offices on the basis of the search and preliminary examination reports drawn up by VPI. In 2016, VPI issued 14 search reports, while in 2017 the number of search reports amounted to 123. Two thirds of the requests were submitted in one of the national languages and one third in English. From among the requests submitted in 2017, 48% came from Poland, 30% from Hungary, 17% from the Czech Republic and 5% from Slovakia.